Current Exhibition

Fine Print:

The Review for the Arts of the Book

(1975-1990)

May 2 – August 1, 2016

The Book Club of California’s summer exhibition, Fine Print: The Review for the Arts of the Book (1975-1990), focuses on the remarkable legacy of this San Francisco-based journal, which began as the vision of Sandy Kirshenbaum; grew and thrived with the efforts of a core editorial team that included Stephen Corey, rare book librarian, and two young printers, Linnea Gentry and George Ritchie, who were working for Andrew Hoyem at the time; and went on to achieve high standards of both content and form through the contributions of many talented collaborators from California and around the world. Throughout its fifteen year run, Fine Print not only provided a showcase for the best in fine press publishing, but attempted to integrate all of the book arts, including calligraphy, bookbinding, papermaking, wood engraving, and type design—the latter increasingly devoted to digitization and computer-generated types—while also offering important articles on the history of the book and creating a space for conversation among writers, scholars, and book artists from around the world. Fine Print’s many contributors included Martin Antonetti, Nicolas Barker, Charles Bigelow, Robert Bringhurst, John Dreyfus, Paul Hayden Duensing, Colin Franklin, EM Ginger, Steven Heller, Andrew Hoyem, Janet Ing, Paul Needham, Stan Nelson, Will Powers, Wesley Tanner, Benjamin Vorst, Hermann Zapf, and many others. As Robert D. Harlan has written, “The entire corpus [of Fine Print] will continue to be studied and admired by practitioners, students, and connoisseurs.”

For information about the exhibition opening on May 2, click here.

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